Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Buland Darwaza - World's Highest Gateway

Buland Darwaza, meaning 'high' or 'great' gate in Persian, is the largest of arch gateways in the world. It is located in Fatehpur Sikri which is located 43 km away from Agra, India. It is also known as the "Gate of Magnificence." Buland Darwaza or the loft gateway was built by the great Mughal emperor, Akbar in 1601 A.D. at Fatehpur Sikri. Akbar built the Buland Darwaza to commemorate his victory over Gujarat, according to the Persian inscriptions on the archway.

Known as Buland Darwaza, it stands to this day eloquently expressing the grandeur of Akbar's empire. It is a 15-storied high gateway that guards the southern entrance of the city of Fatehpur Sikri. This victory arch rises to a height of 40 meters or 175 feet and 50 metres from the ground. The total height of the Structure is about 54 metres from the ground level.

Buland Darwaza is the highest gateway in the world and an astounding example of the Mughal architecture. This magnificent structure built in red sandstone with decorations in white marble, with calligraphic inscriptions from the Quran on its front and pillars and chattris on its height.

On the main gateway an Islamic inscription written in Persian reads "Isa (Jesus), son of Mary said: 'The world is a Bridge, pass over it, but build no houses upon it. He, who hopes for a day, may hope for eternity; but the World endures but an hour. Spend it in prayer for the rest is unseen.'"

                                                                                                                                          I don’t claim the information to be my own. The information is compiled from different sources

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